Steamboat Springs resident Mike Baumann lines up a shot while hitting balls at the practice facility at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs. The practice facility and driving range opened last week, and the course is expected to open Friday.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs resident Mike Baumann lines up a shot while hitting balls at the practice facility at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs. The practice facility and driving range opened last week, and the course is expected to open Friday.

Haymaker Golf Course to open Friday if weather permits

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Local golf courses

■ Haymaker

970-871-1846

Rates: $48 for 18 holes (resident)/$37 for 18 holes after 3 p.m.

Opens Friday

■ Rollingstone Ranch

970-879-1391

Rates through June 5: $45 for nine holes/$75 for 18 holes/$65 for 18 holes after 2 p.m. Rates starting June 6: $75 for nine holes/$125 for 18 holes/$95 for 18 holes after 1 p.m./$75 for 18 holes after 3 p.m.

Front nine scheduled to open Monday. Back nine will open as conditions permit.

■ Steamboat Golf Club

970-879-4295

Rates: $29 for nine holes/$38 for 18 holes

Open now and taking tee times.

The deadline to buy the Steamboat Golf Club’s 10-round (nine holes) punch card for $199 ends Friday. The cost of that card then increases to $230.

— If the weather cooperates this week, the Haymaker Golf Course will open for the season Friday.

Luke Brosterhous, Haymaker’s director of golf and instruction, said the course is in great shape, and barring any major shifts in the weather — such as snow — it is expected to open for the season Friday morning.

He said all 18 holes will be open for play, but the course will not take tee times for opening day. Golfers must come out in person.

“It will be first-come, first-served on Friday,” Brosterhous said. “Golfers should just show up at the course, and we will get them on as soon as possible.”

The cost to play 18 holes is $48 for residents during regular hours. Players who show up after 3 p.m. can take advantage of the twilight rate, which is $37 for 18 holes.

Carts are available, but Brosterhous said the vehicles could be limited to the concrete cart paths depending on the weather and course conditions.

“We really just want to get people out on the course, and to get things rolling,” Brosterhous said.

The course’s driving range opened last weekend, and Brosterhous said there was a steady flow of golfers using the facility through the weekend. He said the gloomy weather the past few days has slowed things a bit, but he expects eager golfers to show up Friday.

“A lot of the golfers who will be out on Friday are season-pass and punch-card holders,” Brosterhous said. “They are eager to get out and play, and we are glad to have the course open.”

Haymaker is the second course to open in Routt County in the wake of a challenging spring. Steamboat Golf Club, on the west side of town, opened May 6.

The Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club plans to open the front nine Monday. Assistant professional John Ostergar said the back nine could open late next week. The opening dates are tentative and could be altered by the weather. Golfers can call to make tee times, but no more than 24 hours in advance.

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